TAKE THE WEATHER SE­RI­OUSLY THIS SEA­SON

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

The re­gion has been get­ting a de­cent soak­ing over the past few months, with the Far North fi­nally ap­pear­ing to lock into a de­cent wet sea­son. Ac­cord­ing to Port Dou­glas Sta­tion Chief Rory Kel­li­her, who spe­cialises in swift wa­ter res­cue, some peo­ple still aren’t ap­pre­ci­at­ing the dan­gers of driv­ing in wet weather in flood ar­eas. “If it’s flooded, for­get it. “At the mo­ment peo­ple still aren’t heed­ing that ad­vice,” said Mr Kel­li­her, who added that it wasn’t just mem­bers of the pub­lic in dan­ger. “The re­sults can be cat­a­strophic, both for the peo­ple in­volved and the res­cuers try­ing to save those peo­ple.” Emer­gency Ser­vices ad­vice that if it’s flooded, for­get it is very sim­ple to un­der­stand, with lit­tle to read in to. Any roads that are cov­ered by wa­ter are not to be driven through. There have been a num­ber of in­ci­dents lo­cally that have re­quired an emer­gency re­sponse, in­clud­ing one at Shan­non­vale where two tourists had a close call af­ter driv­ing onto a bridge that had wa­ter over it, and were caught by a rapid in­crease in the wa­ter level. “Those peo­ple were ex­tremely lucky that they man­aged to get out of the ve­hi­cle be­fore it got pushed in. With those types of ve­hi­cles, they can ei­ther float away or they can roll. Peo­ple are still com­pla­cent with the dan­gers in­volved.”

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